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THERMIONICS AND SPACE BASED NUCLEAR POWER

[Commerce Business Daily: Posted March 7, 1997]
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PART: U.S. GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENTS
SUBPART: SERVICES
CLASSCOD: A--Research and Development
OFFADD: Defense Special Weapons Agency, 6801 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria,
  VA 22310-3398
SUBJECT: A--THERMIONICS AND SPACE BASED NUCLEAR POWER SOL N/A
POC Tanya Stasiuk, Negotiator, (703) 325-5029, Scott G. Morton,
  Contracting Officer, (703) 325-1200.
DESC: The Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) plans to explore
  potential areas of interest with International Energy Technologies
  (INERTEK) in space based nuclear power and thermionics. DSWA
  plans to award sole source contracts to INERTEK which include;
  but are not limited to the following: Advanced Fuels Characterization,
  Emitter Specific Post Irradiation Examination of 5 TFEs from
  Ya-81; Post Test Analysis of the SC-320 TFE; Closed Spaced
  Thermionic Converter with Isothermal Electrodes; Investigation
  of Compatibility and Stability of Tungsten and Molybdenum Monocrystals
  with coating of Scandia, Yttria, and Alumina; Prolonged Life
  Bellows for Thermionic Fuel Element Applications; Production
  of Collector Assembly Samples with Multi-Layer Insulation;
  Refractory Metal to Non-Refractory Metals Joining Process;
  Investigation of the Effect of Oxygen on Emission and Absorption
  Properties of Electrodes and Thermionic Converter Characteristics;
  Fabrication of Single Crystal Emitter Specimens with Surface
  Subjected to Selective Electrochemical Etching; Optimization
  of High-Voltage Metal-Ceramic Insulators; Results of In-Pile
  Tests of Multi-Cell TFEs' Post Irradiation Examination of Multi-Cell
  TFEs; Investigations of Tungsten Mass Transfer into the Interelectrode
  Gap; Production of Scandia Ceramic Spacers with Heightened
  Vibration Strength; Design of a Multi-Cell TFE MCD-800; Tungsten
  Single Crystal Emitter for a Single Cell TFE; and Advanced
  Collectors of High Efficiency TIC with Reflective Coatings.
  DSWA believes that INERTEK is the only source able to fill
  these requirements because of their unique expertise and knowledge
  of thermionics and space based nuclear power. Any other firm
  desiring consideration must fully identify its capability to
  perform the requirements. See Note 22. POC is Tanya Stasiuk
  at (703) 325-5029. Information on DSWA solicitations, already
  released, can be obtained by calling the DSWA Hotline at (703)
  325-1173. As of 31 May 96, Acquisition Management has added
  "Procurement Opportunities: to the DSWA Home Page available
  on the World Wide Web. Information will include this synopsis
  and more. Please check us out at www.dswa.mil. Reference Synopsis
  No. 97-54
CITE: (I-066 SN040016)